How Often Should I Wash My Dog?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Obviously, dogs don’t need to be bathed as often as humans. However, it is good to take the time to bathe your pet from time to time. Since bathing your dog too much and too often can deplete oils in the skin and hair, it is important that we don’t overdo bathing our dog:

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Bathing once a month works for most dogs.
  • Dogs with an oily coat, like Basset Hounds, may need bathing as frequently as once a week.
  • Manyshort-haired breeds with smooth coats, such as Beagles and Weimaraners, do just fine with less frequent baths. Short-coated Basenjis are fastidious in their personal hygiene and rarely need a bath.
  • Breeds with water-repellent coats, such as Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees, should be bathed less often so as to preserve their natural oils.
  • Dogs with thick, double coats — such as Samoyeds, Malamutes, and other Northern breeds — do best with fewer baths and a lot of extra brushing (which gets rid of loose, dead hair and helps distribute natural oils that keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy).

Of course, if your dog likes to go swimming, is obsessed with mud puddles, or lives in the country and does a lot of rolling in who-knows-what, then you may want to bathe more frequently than if that same dog lived in a condo in the ‘burbs.

That said, avoid bathing more often than truly necessary, or you’ll strip your dog’s coat of its natural oils, making it dry and more prone to dandruff, frizzies, and mats. Some shampoos may dry or irritate the dog’s skin more than others, in which case you should bathe less often or try a different shampoo.

Basically, the best way to gauge when your dog needs a bath is to give her a good sniff. How does she smell to you? Not so good? Start running the water.

SRC: Read more about bathing your dog here: dogtime.com/dog-health/general/129-bathing#2DD108eI7hgxJ1wa.99

 SRC Photo: www.public-domain-image.com/free-images/people/mother-young-daughter-son-and-father-washing-dog

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